Topics:  break and enter, yeppoon

"I actually felt him touch my leg": brazen thief enters home

Tracey was in bed when a man entered the bedroom via the balcony.
Tracey was in bed when a man entered the bedroom via the balcony. Amy Marshall

TRACEY was still shaking yesterday afternoon as she told how she felt a man she didn't know, touch her leg while she was in bed.

She took a deep breath to calm the tears, describing how she thought the man rustling through a bag in the bedroom was her husband.

"It just doesn't feel right that someone could come in the place while you are there, while you are asleep in bed," she said.

Tracey said the man must have been standing on the patio for about 30 minutes before he waltzed into the home about 9.30pm Wednesday night.

Tracey was sound asleep, Jim had just finished watching a DVD and was on his way to the bathroom, and his 78-year-old mother was reading a book in bed.

With the television still making a noise, the invader followed Jim down the hallway.

But in the dark, Jim just thought it was his wife.

He went into the bedroom and started searching for things in Jim's bag, but Tracey just thought it was Jim.

The man left the bedroom, and it wasn't until Jim saw his wife in bed that anyone noticed.

"I thought, 'hang on, someone else is in the house'," Jim said.

"I just saw a blur and he was gone."

The brazen invader took Tracey's handbag and Jim's wallet.

"I don't care about the money," Tracey said.

"It's just such an invasion of privacy and he took my whole identity with him.

"I actually felt him touch my leg while he was going through the bag.

"I'm so glad Jim didn't meet him in the hallway as I wonder if he had a knife."

Yeppoon Police Criminal Investigation Unit Detective Senior Constable Salli Cohen said there had been a similar break-in at another Yeppoon address this week.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Yeppoon police on (07) 4939 0000.


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